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Bill Detail: HB20-1228

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Title Protect Survivors' Rights To Rape Kit Evidence
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (03/10/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Danielson (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/31/2020
Description

The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety (division) to research the creation of a statewide system
to track forensic medical evidence related to a sexual assault (medical
evidence) whereby victims may access specified information concerning
the medical evidence. The division shall report its findings to specified
committees of the general assembly.
The bill requires the medical professional collecting the medical
evidence to inform victims of the contact information for the nearest

sexual assault victim's advocate, the length of time that medical evidence
must be preserved, and their right to be notified of the destruction of the
medical evidence.
If a conviction or plea has not been entered in a case, the bill
requires the entity holding the medical evidence to notify the victim prior
to the medical evidence being destroyed and to maintain the medical
evidence for an additional 10 years if the victim objects to the destruction.
The bill requires the executive director of the department of public
safety to promulgate rules requiring the entity holding medical evidence
to maintain the medical evidence until the statute of limitations on
commencing a criminal action has passed.

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